The 6-8th grade students explored SVCA one-acre prairie on Friday. Mrs. Robison is using the curriculum from the Earth Partnership with Schools to teach her students about the life of a prairie. The students were split into small groups and marked off a different location throughout the one-acre prairie. Each group charted any signs of life within their designated area. Students will be journaling about observations, setting up a game camera when visible signs of nesting are located, and tracking life throughout the different seasons of the school year.
You could hear excitement from each group as they explored their assigned area. Students quickly discovered the importance of a prairie habitat being home to many species of wildlife. The SVCA prairie may not look well-manicured, but it is supporting wildlife, protecting the soil, capturing carbon dioxide, and producing oxygen. Students will be doing experiments in different locations of the prairie throughout the winter weather. They are going to learn about the root system of the prairie and set up experiments to determine if the prairie is beneficial to not only different types of wild life, but also helping to serve as a wind block for SVCA school campus.